Announcement

 

of the

 

10th International Choir Competition Mainhausen 2017

Class divisions:  

1. Mixed choirs

2. Female choirs

3. Male choirs
4. Jazz/Pop Choirs (Barbershop-, Pop-, Gospel- and Jazz Choirs)

Musical requirements:

Class division 1: Mixed Choirs

Presentation:  at least 4 compositions with the following requirements:

  • Compulsory piece: Tristis est anima mea                                            ascribed to Johann Kuhnau
  • one composition from the romantic period                                             (1800 – 1900)
  • one contemporary composition                                                              (past 1950)
  • one free chosen folk song or composition in a folkloric setting (unison voice is
    acceptable) or an arrangement of a folk song, which is able to demonstrate the
    musical capability of the choir and to represent the cultural specifics of the choir`s
    home region
    . Leastwise this piece must be sung by memory. 

Class division 2: Female Choirs

Presentation:  at least 4 compositions with the following requirements:

  • Compulsory piece: Laudi alla vergine Maria                                      Guiseppe Verdi
  • one composition from the period of classical vocal polyphony             (1500 – 1650)
  • one contemporary composition                                                             (past 1950)
  • one free chosen folk song or composition in a folkloric setting (unison voice is
    acceptable) or an arrangement of a folk song, which is able to demonstrate the
    musical capability of the choir and to represent the cultural specifics of the choir`s
    home region
    . Leastwise this piece must be sung by memory.


Class division 3: Male Choirs

Presentation:  at least 4 compositions with the following requirements:

  • Compulsory piece: Die Linien des Lebens sind verschieden            Heinrich Poos
  • one composition from the period of classical vocal polyphony            (1500 – 1650)
  • one composition from the romantic period                                           (1800 – 1900)
  • one free chosen folk song or composition in a folkloric setting (unison voice is
    acceptable) or an arrangement of a folk song, which is able to demonstrate the
    musical capability of the choir and to represent the cultural specifics of the choir`s
    home region
    . Leastwise this piece must be sung by memory. 

 

Class division 1,2,3: All compositions must be sung a cappella without any instruments!


Class division 4: Jazz/Pop-Choirs

 

Presentation:      at least 4 compositions out of the following popular music styles:
                           Barbershop, Gospel, Spiritual, Latin, Swing, Pop, Rock, Jazz-Ballade.

  • Compulsary Piece: Good Day Sunshine Lennon/McCartney, arr: M Carbow
    The choir must present pieces from at least three different styles. At least two of the pieces
    must be presented a cappella. For the other pieces the choir can use a piano provided by
    the organizers and/or may use up to three acoustic musical instruments but those shall be
    limited only to hand held instruments such as guitar, violin, banduria, ukulele, flute,
    tambourine, maracas, accordion, trumpets, saxophone, etc.
     

 

Length of presentation

 
The length of presentation for each choir shall be at least 15 minutes, however not more
than a maximum of 20 minutes. Line-up and exit as well as any applause shall not be
considered for this time limit.

 

Competition rules

1.   All amateur choirs are invited to participate. This includes chamber choirs, oratorio
choirs, choirs from music
academies or conservatories and other choirs as long as
not more than 10% of the participating members of the choir do earn their living by
singing. Professional choirs are not entitled to participate. Conductors may be
professional musicians.

2.    In principle, there is no age limit.

3.   The minimum number of singers in each choir shall be 14. In principle, there is no
limit to the maximum number of choir members in each choir.

4.   The competition is generally limited to compositions without accompaniment
(“a cappella“), except in category 4.

5.   The choir’s competition programme cannot be changed after it has been submitted. If
necessary, approvals to do so must be applied for in writing from the organizers at
least two months before the competition.

6.   The order of presentation of each choir’s compositions must comply with order in the
application form. It can be changed only with the approval from the organiser.

7.   The tone pitch of presented compositions may vary from the submitted scores,
however this needs to be communicated to the organization and the jury prior to
the competition.

8.   Order of appearance will be determined by a draw. Each participant will be notified in
writing by the organisors at least four weeks prior to the competition.

9.   The organizers reserve the right to, under certain circumstances, reject the participa-
tion of a specific choir.

10.  In principle, a choir may participate in several class divisions. The organizers reserve
the right, however, to make certain restrictions should organizational reasons force
them to do so.

11. The competitions will take place in the citizens halls of Mainhausen.

12. The first prize winners of each class division are obliged to take part in the prize
winner’s concert. The organizers reserve the right to invite second or third prize
winners to the prize winner's concert, however there is no entitlement to participate.
The number of pieces to be presented shall be according to the organizers decision.
In general, the presentation in this concert is up to the choir’s decision, but should be
agreed upon with the jury and the organisation.

 

 

Juring and Grading

1.   The jury consists of at least three internationally recognised experts from the field of
choral music.

2.   The jury’s decision is incontestable and final, the jurisdiction of the courts is
excluded.

3.    Each rendition will be judged on the following criteria:

 

a)        Intonation

b)        Rhythm

c)         Dynamic

d)        Balance of voices

e)    Artistic interpretation

 

Soloistic performance will not be included in the assessment. The performance
of the choir shall be valuated.

4.   Each member of the jury can give for each of those criteria 1-20 points, i.e. for each
presentation of a composition a maximum of 100 points. The total assessment of
each jury member shall be the average points of the
performances (sum of points divided by the number of pieces presented).
The final score will be determined by the average of all jury members’ assessments
(sum of all points divided by the number of Jury members).

5.   The assessment and final competition results in all categories will be announced on
Sunday, June 11th, approx. 1.5 hours prior to the prize winner’s concert.

6.   The jury’s assessments will be in writing on the assessment sheet and will be given
to each choir during the prize award ceremony.

 

Conditions for participation.

1.   The registration deadline (15 January 2016) has been extented until 27 January 2017.

2.     A registration fee of EURO 150.00 must be rendered together with the binding
application. This registration fee will not be refunded in the case of non-
participation by the choir. In case of no invitation the fee will be reimbursed.

3.     Costs of travelling, accommodation and food (except the food and beverages which
will be provided during the competition and festival days) are to be borne by each
participating choir. In certain individual cases the organisers will, however, look into
the possibility of providing free of charge accommodation in families of befriended
choirs or music groups.

4.     Bus transportation will be provided to choirs as follows:

The Organisation will provide transportation, as it deems appropriate, to scheduled
performance venues within the Mainhausen area at no cost to choirs.

The Organisation will, if required, organise bus transport to choirs on their arrival,
from Frankfurt/Main Airport to their accommodation, at a cost of € 5 per person.
Pick-ups from other locations/different German airports may be arranged for at cost.

The Organisation will, if required, organise bus transport to choirs on their
departure, from their accommodation to Frankfurt/Main Airport, at a cost of € 5 per
person. Bus transfers to other locations/different German airports may be arranged
for at cost.

5.     The following must be sent together with your registration:

a)      Biography of the choir and conductor (short portrait, summary of past
activities), if possible in electronic format

b)      two current photos of the choir, if possible in electronic format

c)      A recording of the choir (CD or MP3), not more than 3 years old

6.     Within four weeks after the registration closing date, each choir will receive a
written confirmation of participation from the organizers. Choirs not chosen to
participate will be informed accordingly.

7.     Within four weeks after the written confirmation, each participating choir shall send
the following documents:

    • Scores of the chosen compositions to be presented in the competition (i.e. not
      the compulsory pieces), each 4-fol
      d.

Upon your request, original scores of the compulsory pieces

    • G.Verdi, „Lauda alla vergine Maria“ --> Carus Verlag CV 40.703;
    • H.Poos, „Die Linien des Lebens sind verschieden“ --> Schott Verlag;
    • ascribed to J. Kuhnau, „Tristis est anima mea“ --> Carus Verlag;
    • J.Lennon/P.McCartney, „Good Day Sunshine“ --> Ferrimontana

can be obtained through our organisation, in accordance with the number of
participating singers and against your prepayment. If required, please write
to us or mention this in your application!

We hereby expressively notify all choirs that by German law copying of scores is
not permitted.

8.     The organizers reserve all rights concerning photographs and recordings made
during the competitions.

 

9.     The choirs will be informed about the final detailed timetable of the festival and, if
required, about their possible participation in regional church services at the latest
in April 2017.

 

10.   The organization will provide to each choir a separate room nearby the competition
centre (however, not the room of competition) in order to warm-up for at least 20 minutes.

 

11.   The Organization reserves the right to amend or clarify certain items of the rules
and regulations at any time prior to the beginning of the event. Amendments or
clarifications shall be published on this website or – in case of necessary changes
after the date of application - will be communicated in due course to all participating
choirs. Possible changes are decided solely at the discretion of the organization.

12.   By submitting their application each choir accepts the terms and conditions of the
here mentioned specific regulations to participate and our competition rules.


 

Prizes

In accordance with the jury’s assessments, the best choirs will be awarded with
certificates and money prices.

Certificates:              Gold               85       -    100 points

                                 Silver             70       -      84 points

                                 Bronze           55       -      69 points

The overall winner of the competition will receive

    the top price of the patronage:

2.500,- Euro

The overall winner will be the choir which receives the highest score in the international
choir competition. The top price will be offset with the price of the respective category.

Money prices:

 

Class divisions (in each category, except for the winner of the top price)

1. Price                  800 EURO

2. Price                  500 EURO

3. Price                  300 EURO

The money prices will be equally divided in case of two or more choirs receiving the
same score.



Responsible Organization and Correspendence


All written correspondence shall be in either German or English and shall be sent to the
following address:


Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen

Friedensstrasse 16

D-63533 Mainhausen

Germany

 

or by telephone or e-mail:

Eckhard Ulrich, Telephone: +49 (0)6182-26934, e-mail: eck.ulrich(at)t-online.de

Christian Fröhlich, Telephone: +49 (0)6182 993946, e-mail: ch.froehlich(at)t-online.de

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